GOLD STAR: Brad Marchand hasn’t been his usual prolific goal-scoring self this season for the Bruins, so scoring a pair of goals in Boston’s second period outburst was a nice bit of productivity for the Nose Face Killah. Marchand scored his first goal on a brilliant cross-ice pass from David Pastrnak where he simply had to redirect it into the net, and then for his second he hung in front until a David Krejci pass could get through traffic and then scored just before he got slammed right in front of the net. In all, Marchand had two goals and three points along with a plus-1 rating in 23:15 of ice time, with six shot attempts and a very solid 4-of-5 performance in the face-off circle. The two goals also pulls Marchand into a tie with Jake DeBrusk for the second-most goals on the team behind the 21 strikes scored by David Pastrnak this season.
BLACK EYE: John Moore ended up having a really rough game for the Bruins tonight against the Coyotes. He’s been mostly solid for the Black and Gold throughout the season, and really doesn’t seem to make a lot of mistakes on the ice with a very simple, effective style of play. But on Arizona’s second goal he tried a backhanded clear from the slot, and it got blocked as the puck stayed in the defensive zone with Arizona on the attack. Eventually a Nick Cousins shot deflected off Moore and past Rask to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead. In the second period it was again Moore that couldn’t handle a puck behind the net, and shuffled it toward Tuukka Rask. The Bruins goalie couldn’t handle it and it ended up leading to another Coyotes goal. Moore finished a minus-2 in 17:12 of ice time with that indicative of some of the struggles he was having on the ice.
TURNING POINT: For the Bruins it was scoring four goals in a big bunch that happened in less than five minutes in the second period. The Bruins got goals from Danton Heinen and David Pastrnak that were 33 seconds apart to tie the game in the first few minutes of the second, and then got another two scored in than a two-minute span to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It was an encouraging development for a team that has experienced a lot of trouble scoring goals with the injuries taking away some of their best players. The quick strike scoring ability hasn’t been there of late like it was earlier in the year and last season, but perhaps it’s coming back a little bit as the Bruins slowly start to get healthy. Whatever the case, the Coyotes never fully recovered from the stunner slapped on them by the Bruins in the middle stanza.
HONORABLE MENTION: Normally we might give this to David Krejci with his three assists or David Pastrnak scoring his 21st of the season. But instead let’s give credit to David Backes for being one of the ultimate hockey tough guys. The B’s power forward got caught with an Oliver Ekman-Larsson skate blade to the face in the first period that caused Backes to immediately sprint to the dressing room for repairs. There was blood leaking on the ice and big concern given the way the blade sliced through the skin next to his nose. Incredibly Backes was out for the second period stitched up and ready to go, and finished with three shot attempts and three hits in 15:31 of ice time. A team seeing a guy like Backes come right back after a scary skate blade incident is exactly the kind of thing that can lift a hockey bench’s spirit as it seemed to for Boston in the second.
BY THE NUMBERS: 800 – the number of NHL games played for David Krejci with Tuesday night’s tilt against the Arizona Coyotes, with all of them played for the Bruins.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “He’s a pass first, pass second, [pass] third and then he shoots kind of player.” –David Pastrnak, when asked if playmaking center David Krejci is a pass-first kind of player.
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